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Meaning of hyphen

hy•phen

Pronunciation: (hī'fun), [key]
— n.
  1. a short line (-) used to connect the parts of a compound word or the parts of a word divided for any purpose.
—v.t.
  1. hyphenate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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